This is my first challenge, please be kind!
Here is my Tea Cup Back Pack
I overbought at Dollar Tree, not knowing what materials would work out the best. I discarded the T-shirts (well, we will use them! just not in this challenge) and the Shiny Purses (they were 2/$1).
5 Tea Towels
1 Slouchy Bag Backpack
1 Cosmetic Bag
1 Three Ring Binder
1 package of Play Clay
1 package of stretchy Hair Bands
I used some thread and some Mod Podge from my own materials.
I chose to make a backpack...without a pattern. I just started cutting and sewing. I cut the Three Ring Binder (sorry about the typo on the picture) into strips and used them for ribs similar to boning...
I cut the cosmetic bag apart, used the body of the bag to give some "body" to the flap and used the zippers for pockets
hidden back pocket (wallet not included in challenge)
I made buttons out of the Play-Clay stuff by mixing colors and shaping them into buttons (it darkened as it dried). I thought it would be fun to make a teacup button to go with the tea cups on the tea towels.
I used the hairbands to make button loops on the front and the cell phone pocket
I used the sloppy backpack for fabric, drawstring and straps (I fancied up the boring, plain black shoulder straps with some of the tea towel fabric) - the slippery black fabric is used for lining in the pockets
The interior is very roomy, with a section of the three ring binder providing some stiffness in the bottom. Here is an in-use shot with a thick novel, my stainless steel water bottle and a friend to keep me company, with room to spare!
Here are a couple of action shots with my niece who is visiting
she said the backpack is very comfortable
Thanks for looking!